Our Biology majors follow a diverse set of career paths after graduation from Transylvania University. In response to this, we have developed a Biology major that is flexible to your needs. At the foundation of the Biology major are three biology core courses (Biological Interactions, Cell & Molecular Biology, and Genetics) and four allied courses (General Chemistry I & II, Organic I, and University Physics I). In addition to the core courses, the biology major is expected to take five other Biology elective courses (minimum 1 Lab and 1 Field course) and Senior Seminar (BIO 4444).
The important consideration for any biology major is what your intentions are after graduation. If you are planning to pursue a career in the medical profession then you should meet with a Pre-health advisor early in your academic career to determine what is required for admission to your chosen profession. Not all medical schools have the same requirements. For example Medical School (D.O. (osteopathic physician) or an M.D. (allopathic physician)) require a full year of organic chemistry and physics whereas other medical professions and graduate programs may not.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Biology Major Pattern
We advise all of prospective Biology majors to start their biology core course sequence in their first year. At a minimum, complete BIO 1044 Biological Interactions in the first year. It is advised, but not required, that a student also start their General Chemistry sequence in year one. However, if math skills require refreshing, then it is appropriate to focus on Calculus in the first year and postpone General Chemistry to the sophomore year.
In the senior year, the Biology major is expected to take Senior Seminar. Although Senior Seminar is taught both Fall and Winter Term, meet with an advisor to determine which term is best for your schedule.
1. Every May Term a minimum of one field biology class is offered. On alternating years, the Biology faculty typically plan a travel-oriented field biology class in addition to the local field biology class.
2. For the complete list of courses that count towards the field of lab requirements, please see the list online.
Biology majors wishing to declare a minor in secondary education (for teaching certification) are advised to consult the director of education program as soon as possible.
Transylvania University admits students regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other classification protected by federal or state law or local ordinance.
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